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Fort Lauderdale is a city in Broward County.

It is the county seat.

The community was named after Major William Lauderdale, commander of the Seminole War fort built here

The latitude of Fort Lauderdale is 26.121N. The longitude is -80.143W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 3 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 162,917.


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Median household income
Local
$37,887
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Fort Lauderdale demographic reports
City of islands on the New River and the Atlantic Ocean
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 1,352. The number of murders and homicides was 18. The violent crime rate was 8.4 per 1,000 people.
Miami - Fort Lauderdale was named the nation's fourth most dangerous metro area for pedestrians, in a 2004 study by the Surface Transportation Policy Project
Filming location for:
· 1988 movie, "Married to the Mob"
· 1996 movie, "The Birdcage"
Setting for 1960 spring break movie, "Where the Boys Are"
Well-known residents have included:
· Chris Evert Lloyd, tennis player
· Brent W. Jett Jr., astronaut
· Jose Canseco, baseball player
· Carl Hiaasen, writer
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Bad Ass Coffee, Gloria Jean's, Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Broward County Fair - Nov. 15-25, 2007
  • Fiesta Fort Lauderdale - Aug. 26, 2007
Dates often change. Check Fort Lauderdale web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Hugh Taylor Birch State Recreation Area, Fort Lauderdale Beach, Snyder Park, Riverwalk
Fort Lauderdale attractions: Riverwalk, Flamingo Gardens
Sports teams: Florida Panthers (NHL)
Historic sites and museums: Museum of Discovery and Science, Old Fort Lauderdale, Stranahan House, Bonnet House, International Swimming Hall of Fame
Colleges and universities: Nova Southeastern University, Broward Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 368

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Ancestry & family history

10% of Fort Lauderdale residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Fort Lauderdale ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Fort Lauderdale was $27,798, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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28% of Fort Lauderdale residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Fort Lauderdale, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $577.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,225.


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Libraries in Fort Lauderdale include African-American Research Library, Broward County Main Library, Fort Lauderdale Branch, Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Imperial Point Branch, Riverland Branch, Tyrone Bryant Branch ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Fort Lauderdale include Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

TV stations in Fort Lauderdale include WSCV.

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Broward County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Fort Lauderdale political report.

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Fort Lauderdale restaurants taking online reservations include Casa D' Angelo, Fish Restaurant, Himmarshee Bar & Grille, Jackson's Steakhouse, Johnny V, North Ocean Grille, Ruth's Chris Steak House - Ft. Lauderdale, Samba Room - Ft. Lauderdale, Sublime, The Melting Pot - Fort Lauderdale ... View restaurants

Traffic

The average commute time for Fort Lauderdale workers is 24 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 73 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Fort Lauderdale between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.8 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

Pros: great diversity

Cons: too much crime

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